February 17, 2015 Subject:
Stranger sounds for Wide Spread Dead I like a woman in the band!
Wide Spread Dead
January 4, 2012 Subject:
I have to say first off that I am not a HUGE dead fan. I totally respect them, and like the music, but being 26 my generation is Phish and Biscuits.
Regardless I have to say I was LUCKY to go to this show. I went to this one, and East Rutherford the night before *also a great show* but i have to say this second set was a MONSTER.
Let me say that Help>Slip>Franklin's is easily my favorite "song" or "songs" that they play. And boy was i NOT disappointed this night.
Help On The Way* > Slipknot > Drums* > Space > Knockin' On Heaven's Door* > Jam* > Hard To Handle* > Slipknot* > Franklin's Tower*
needless to say the whole second set was essentially one long song, but when they busted out the HELP! i went bonkers. little did I know the MONSTER they had in store for me. I was in high school at the time and I went to the 11-20-02 show a few nights before. We arrived late to that one (during estimated i believe) then, when we were trying to leave, we had car issues. The reason this comes into play, was thankfully the show I am reviewing right now was on a friday, but i just remember showing up SUPER beat from traveling to NJ then back to CT, two days of school, then up to hartford on friday after school for this show. MAN am I happy i forked over the money and gathered the strength to go. If I had missed this show *more importantly second set* i would have kicked myself in the ass. *was thinking about selling the ticket*
Anyways, 4.5 stars *closer to 5 so i'll put that* but being more into Phish at the time, I am very glad I wanted to be "cool" and go to the same shows my group of friends did. I'll never forget that set/this night.
can't wait for this DL to finish and i can listen to it all again.
The line-up this night was Bob Weir, guitar and vocals, Phil Lesh, bass and vocals; Mickey Hart, percussion and vocals; Bill Kreutzmann, drums; Jimmy Herring, guitar; Rob Barraco, keyboards and vocals; Jeff Chimenti keyboards and vocals; Susan Tedeschi, vocals. Susan made one more appearance, after the Hartford show, at MSG on 11/26/2. The Big Boss Man this night is beyond memorable, over the top, permanently seared as a benchmark rendition.
The recording recalls the memory completely and justly. Thank you !
July 3, 2010 Subject:
a lot of memories here.......
a real trip down memory lane......
the first time back(?) on the ground where
ST Stepehen was played back in '83, that jaw dropping Dew in '87, earthquake space of '82, the guerrilla shows of '89......so many lost but not forgotten memories, in the place "where the roof caved in"......always nice to walk thru those lilly fields....thank you, good post!
Hey now, Iamagonzo, right you are; five stars all around for the show and the recording.
We were in the room there that night. A few songs into the first set, it occurred to me, that the guys had shaken off the lingering ghost of Jerry. On top of their game, they're a preternatural force beyond reckoning. Then and there this show was headed for the Kingdom of the Epic Show. They were all there; Mickey Percussion, Bill the Drummer, Chief Bobby Amazing Show and the Philzone. This recording captures the four clearly blazing new trails into the uncanny.
IMHO this is one of the best New Speedway Boogies ever. Speedway segueing into what was that; is it the first Mason's Children these guys had done as a unit since Valentines Day 1970? Heard live, this first set conjures images of empowered deadheads rockin to the left and right.
Michael Zapp's recording captures the atmosphere in stellar blue clarity. Great job Michael Zapp!
The second set is more of the same.
Love this recording. Turn it up, sit back, and try not to smile. Go ahead, try.
Post Script: The only possible addition to this recording would be the Terrapin Station clinic Hunter gave between sets, ending with Box of Rain and Ripple (which he can always pull out of hat).
January 13, 2010 Subject:
Psychedelic Vision Quest
I rarely give five stars but this show was an absolute monster. The energy was phat intense from beginning to end. I was on my feet and dancing from the first to last note.
The pinnacle of the show was the Help>Slip>Drumz>Space>Knockin'>Jam>Hard Too Handle>Jam>Slip>Franklin's... it was just freakin' awesome. You need to download this show and save it for a party or to impress your friends with a post-Jerry performance of the remnants of the Dead.
It is clear that Mickey hart had a lot of influence on this tour and was in good form throughout. The back-up singers and sax was also great. Although I wish there was a better recording of this show I'll take what I can get and be glad I have it!